“Life should be a party and everyone should be invited!” says G Cody QJ Goldberg, whose daughter Harper inspired the adaptive innovation of Harper’s Playground in Portland and many parks that followed. No longer built with dangerous materials such as concrete and sharp metal, these new inclusive playgrounds sport softer surfaces and ADA-friendly play equipment to welcome all children of all abilities.
Anna & Abby’s Yard, Rogers Park, Forest Grove, Oregon
This wonderland was built by a community to memorialize two sisters. There’s a giant dragon made from a downed 200-foot sequoia, and a carousel that allows kids with mobility differences to ride. Music Alley provides instruments for auditory fun.
Harper’s Playground, Arbor Lodge Park, Portland, Oregon
The original inclusive playground that spurred the trend incorporates natural ramps, hills, and trees in the design. Accessible saucer swings and spinners encourage communal play.
Let’s All Play Place, Salem, Oregon
Located next to the Salem Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, the playground is surrounded by a track, allowing patients and other visitors to build motor skills. Play elements include a slide, swings, and a water play area.